2016 NCWIT Summit – NCWIT Harrold and Notkin Research and Graduate Mentoring Award

May 17, 2016

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AVIS YATES RIVERS: Thank you, Maggie. Congratulations again to all of our awardees. You know your work is so inspirational to us. You are preparing our next generation of leaders, of employees, and we, as a country, need you to continue this great work. So congratulations to you all. Yes, let's give them another round of applause. [applause] Our final award this morning is the NCWIT Harrold and Notkin Research and Graduate Mentoring Award. It's given in memory of Dr. Mary Jean Harrold and Dr. David Notkin. In recognition of their outstanding research, graduate mentoring, and diversity contributions. The award, funded by me, Maggie, oh yes, and the rest of the NCWIT Board of Directors, [audience laughter] recognizes faculty members from non-profit, U.S. institutions who combine outstanding research accomplishments with excellence in graduate mentoring, as well as those who advocate for recruiting, encouraging, and promoting women and people of color in computing fields. This award continually highlights the importance of developing positive mentor/mentee relationships throughout all stages of a student's education. The NCWIT Board of Directors is pleased to announce the recipient of the 2016 Harrold and Notkin Research and Graduate Mentoring Award Dr. Carla Brodley of Northeastern University. Carla? [audience applause] Congratulations. Thank you. Dean Brodley holds many leadership positions in computer science, and her chosen field of research is machine learning and data mining. Include co-chair of the International Conference on Machine Learning, and co-chair of AAAI which is the Association of Advancement of Artificial Intelligence. She is also on the editorial boards of many distinguished journals, is an AAAI Fellow, and has served on the Defense Science Study Group and the Computer Research Association's Board of Directors. In addition to her distinguished research and service-oriented accomplishments, Dean Brodley always has made time for mentoring, probably her most important accomplishment of all. One of her previous PhD students, Dr. Jennifer Dye, perhaps said it best when she said whenever I felt that my research was not going anywhere, she somehow helped me find light and direction. Even her emails were encouraging and motivational. Carla has always been an important part of my growth in research and in life. Please join me in congratulating Carla Brodley. [applause]